These Mistakes Could Hurt Your Premises Liability Settlement
Premises liability attorneys always advise victims of slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, dog bites, and other premises liability cases to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after their injury. There are two reasons for this. First, good attorneys want to start building their client’s cases right away by interviewing witnesses and preserving evidence—especially any that can be quickly destroyed. Second, attorneys do not want accident victims to make inadvertent mistakes that could hurt their case and reduce the amount of their settlement.
If You DON’T Want to Hurt Your Case, Avoid These Common Mistakes
Unfortunately, many people start out with the mistaken impression that they can settle their case on their own or that they do not need to take action against the negligent party. As a result, they make unintentional mistakes that hurt their cases and seriously limit their attorney’s ability to obtain a fair settlement for them. Mistakes you do not want to make include:
- Failing to file an incident report. Filing an incident report is vital to your case because it documents that the accident occurred and will result in an investigation. It will contain important information like where the accident happened and contact information for witnesses. You will want to obtain a copy of this report for your attorney.
- Failing to seek medical care. You should consult with a doctor right away—or at least within a day or two—to document your injuries and to receive the medical treatment you need. This is especially important as you may not experience symptoms for days or longer for conditions like spinal injuries, traumatic brain injury, and internal organ damage. If you fail to obtain prompt medical care, the insurance company for the negligent party will try to argue the accident was not the real cause of your injuries.
- Giving a recorded statement. You should not agree to give a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster without first consulting with an attorney. Giving a recorded statement is never a good idea. The adjuster will be looking for ways to deny your claim or reduce your settlement by getting you to make statements that can be twisted or that you didn’t mean to say.
- Signing any releases. You should not sign an insurance company’s blanket medical release of information or any other release without having an attorney review it. The release could allow the insurance adjuster access to your entire medical history and take away important rights you do not want to lose—like the right to pursue your claim.
- Not contacting an attorney. An attorney can help you preserve important evidence, like surveillance tapes of the accident, or inspect the dangerous condition that caused your accident before repairs are made. He can advise you on how to avoid mistakes and can negotiate a better settlement with the insurance adjuster than you could on your own.
Even If You Made a Mistake, Let Morton Law Offices Help
I have been helping people like you for over 30 years and have handled many cases where accident victims made mistakes before contacting me. Even if you are worried you made an error in your case, I urge you to contact me to schedule a free consultation. Most mistakes are not fatal, and you do not want to make a bigger one by not contacting an attorney. Call me today at 888.716.8021.